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  • Livewell Conversion Question

    I have a 1978 211 and when my dad and I replaced the floor in it 10 years ago we got rid of the infloor livewell because the fishing we did then didnt need one. I have since moved to Florida and do a lot of bottom fishing in the Gulf and use live bait all the time. I currently use a 30 gallon creek bank bait tank in the front of the boat but it gets in the way and is a pain having to change the water out in it a couple of times a day. I was wondering if anyone has ever tried to convert the cooler seat up front into a livewell or other ways that anyone has made a livewell in their boat. Im not opposed to a leaning post livewell either but I havent been able to find one that would fit well in my boat. Any help is appreciated. Thanks
    David Clark[br]1978 211[br]Orlando, Fl

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    No conversion here but a Moeller 26 gallon fit just right under the leaning post of my 20.
    [br]\'82 Mako 20B http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=59077

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    • #3
      Rule makes a pump bracket that mounts on transom. Run hose in to bottom of 30 or 50 gallon drum. Put a plastic thru hull at top of tank with 3 feet hose over side for overflow. Easy peasy and very effective.

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      • #4
        One of my fish boxes is a live well. Works great. There was one done on the site. It is pretty easy to do. Plumb in the live well pump and run a drain out the side of the fish box and hull. Use a plug in the drain.

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        • #5
          Thanks for the input. I hadnt thought about using the fish box as one. Now that I wont have an oil tank in it then it is open for whatever.
          David Clark[br]1978 211[br]Orlando, Fl

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          • #6
            I cut the boxes out and added a LP/Live-well. No regrets and would not add that much weight to one side of the boat. My LP came out of a mold that he is still using to produce them. Not cheap- completely outfitted is around 1700.




            [br]1984 Mako 224[br]1977 Mako 15[br]Clermont, Florida- [br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=37212 -Rewire[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=40627 -Tank/Misc[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=58615 - Aft Box removal

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            • #7
              Thanks Snapper. Is that from nautical design in PA? Ive been looking for a leaning post livewell but havent been able to find one that fits well with still having the boxes in the back but it looks like yours would work.
              David Clark[br]1978 211[br]Orlando, Fl

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              • #8
                It was designed custom to fit with boxes. Call me 386- four51 1053 if you want to chat about it
                [br]1984 Mako 224[br]1977 Mako 15[br]Clermont, Florida- [br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=37212 -Rewire[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=40627 -Tank/Misc[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=58615 - Aft Box removal

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